Drywall Breakthrough!

I am very excited about a breakthrough in a fairly boring construction product: drywall.  Certainteed came out with a drywall (AirRenew) that pulls toxins and carcinogens out of your air for 75 years with up to 26 coats of paint on it!  Several common household products containing VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) are hairspray, air fresheners, perfumes, and cleaners. In addition to those, remodeling and building materials such as paints and lacquers, paint strippers and carpets, unsealed plywood or particle board and even foam insulation contain formaldehyde.  A new construction home (or newly remodeled area) off-gases the most in the first five years.  When you smell that new carpet smell, it’s actually off-gassing you are smelling.

I know it sounds strange and my first concern was if it would make your sheetrock toxic to the touch, but it doesn’t.  It breaks down VOC’s and turns them into safe, inert compounds that remain inside the drywall, never reemitting them in to the air.  Because we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors and in our homes, it is important to improve the quality of our inside air especially to those of us that are asthmatic.  Inside air is often found to be more contaminated than our outdoor air.

From a “Green” aspect, 99% of the gyp board is made from recycled material.  It is still just as easy to work with and installs the same as regular drywall.  It has the same weight and uses the same installation materials.

What I love most about the product is that you never have to remember to turn it on or replace a filter.  It is maintenance free and is always working.  It is also mold, fire, moisture, abuse, and impact resistant.  It’s genius and I love it!  We just finished our first new construction installation and used it for all of the walls.

Why is the Schluter system better than the traditional method of tile installation?

Contrary to popular belief, neither tile nor grout (even sealed) is waterproof.  In a standard shower application, a pan liner is used to block moisture.  The pan liner used does not allow for tile to be applied directly to it, so a bed of mortar is used and then the tile is placed on this bed.  Because the water infiltrates through this bed, it can remain saturated with moisture, especially if the mortar weep holes become clogged or the pre-slope wasn’t installed properly.  With this moisture saturation, the possibility of mold and efflorescence or cosmetic staining on the tile, increases tremendously.  Most new construction homes only carry a one-year warranty and unfortunately, this problem may take a little longer than that to appear.  We see many houses where the homeowner is wanting to change the tile in their shower not because they want to change the size, shape, or style, but because there is a bad smell and mold growing throughout.

There is a German engineered shower system called Schluter that has a family of products that creates a “sealed” environment which is stated to be even more than water-proof, it’s vapor proof.  The beauty of the system is that it doesn’t allow moisture to permeate in to the mortar bed or solid backing so there is no chance of mildew growing there.  The system allows only the tile and grout to become wet when showering which is able to dry completely between uses.  The system also eliminates leaks, reduces the potential for efflorescence and mold growth in the system, dramatically reduces total installation time and makes shower installation much easier because it is light-weight in nature.  The product may cost a little more, but having a mold-free shower is worth every penny!

Beautiful Bathroom Remodels

Bathrooms are sort of like kitchens in that they tend to be remodeled more often than other areas of the home and, when they are, the return on invest (both financially and aesthetically) is significant. Perhaps that’s because, between our daily showers and our morning routines, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom. We might as well make them as beautiful as we can! Whether your bathroom is outdated, under-sized or just not in line with your style, our bathroom remodeling contractors here at Green Remodeling in Roswell would love to help you plan out your update this fall!

Adding Space

You don’t need to tear down any walls to make a bathroom that feels much, much bigger. Sometimes simple changes in layout, like changing the direction of the tub or opting for a nice stall shower instead, can give you all the extra space you need. Designs that maximize the space available are kind of our specialty so we can suggest multiple space-saving layouts and building techniques for your seemingly tiny bathroom.

Changing Fixtures

If the problems you have with your full or half bath are mainly cosmetic, switching out fixtures and calling it a day can save time and money. Bathroom fixtures including faucets, handles, knobs, hanging bars, mirrors and even above-mirror lighting come in and out of style pretty quickly. In the 1990s, it was all about gold. Early in the new millennium, that changed to silver. Nowadays, brushed silver, aged bronze and high-shine chrome are all trendy options! Rather than just following the trends however, we always recommend choosing fixtures that coordinate with your style. Do you prefer rough and rustic or sleek and modern? Glamorous and traditional or simple and casual?

Adding Tile, Stone or Glass

On the floors, counters or walls, luxury materials such as natural stone, glass tile and mosaic tile will take any bathroom to the next level. Installing tile behind the sink or around the tub is a great way to add a pop of style to the bathroom and water-resistant tile floors just make more sense than carpet, hardwood or vinyl. Our staff has lots of experience installing these fine materials so you can trust that they’ll do a great job with your floors, backsplash or tub surround!

Choosing Chic Tubs and Showers

One change that can have a huge impact in your bathroom is a new tub. Bath designers get more and more creative each year. There are so many bath tubs and showers to choose from that we always recommend shopping for these items in-person. You’ll be amazed at what you can find.

If you are ready for a sparkling new, spa-like bathroom, contact Green Remodeling today to set up a free estimate and design consultation. Our design experts can partner with you to create the bathroom of your dreams!

Finish Your Basement This Fall

With the kids once again headed off to school five days a week, you may find yourself with some extra time to think about the look and feel of your home. On the other hand, you may find yourself busier than ever and in dire need of more usable space than the amount you got by with in the summer. At Green Basements and Remodeling we can make whatever look you’ve envisioned for your basement come to life. We’ll make both your basement and your whole home feel more comfortable, more organized and more beautiful for the fall and winter ahead. Start now and we could have it all finished before the holiday season!

Add More Family Space

During the school year – well, all year round really but particularly while school’s in session! – family time becomes even more precious. Make it count by constructing an amazing family space on your ground floor. Entertainment rooms that feel just like a theater are a popular choice among first-time finishers. We can help you sketch out a movie room that’s dark enough for a crystal clear picture when you want it but doesn’t feel too much like a cave during daylight hours. For the family that loves to compete, a game room (complete with a built-in snack bar) is another fun use of basement space that’s sure to bring everyone together.

Create a Playroom or Homework Station

For young kids, a fun basement playroom can help prevent the whole house becoming a playroom. Incorporating whimsical details like bright paint or carpet tiles make it kid-friendly and kid-tough. As your kids get older, they may find that their nightly homework loads get bigger. Having an area of the house where they can go to spread out their supplies and concentrate (and collaborate with their classmates when it’s time for that dreaded group project) will help them stay ahead. Whether you think this should be a highly organized little room with built-in shelving and white boards or a more casual nook within your larger basement space, we’ll make sure it’s a design that’s comfortable and promotes productivity.

Get Extra Beds in Time for the Holidays

Adding an extra bedroom to a finished basement or building that bedroom from scratch is a fantastic investment. The number of beds and baths in your home is closely related to its overall value, after all. Plus, when November and December roll around, you can host overnight guests with ease by housing them in a downstairs suite that includes its own full bath. Start today and we could have your basement guest room ready for the holidays!

Up On the Housetop

Is your rooftop sturdy enough to support Santa, his reindeer and a sleigh full of presents? If that landing pad isn’t stable enough for Santa’s flying reindeer, it certainly isn’t protecting your home from the elements as well as it could be. It’s easy to see when the interior of your home needs remodeling or repairing because you see it every day. The roof, however, is more hidden from view. Often, our customers don’t realize what shape their roof is in until it’s too late… time for full roof replacement. This winter, we recommend getting a thorough roof inspection from a reputable contractor before anything leaks or cracks. If you’re already experiencing leaks or seeing patches of shingles missing, you should get in touch with the experts at Green Remodeling ASAP!

The roof takes a beating from the elements on a constant basis. It’s the area of your house that is most subjected to heat, cold, wind and precipitation. With all the roof is protecting you against, a falling shingle or a visible crack is not to be ignored. And hiring a non-professional roofer to do some low price repair work isn’t recommended either. This budget-conscious strategy usually only costs you more money in the end when you have to hire a new contractor to fix the shoddy handiwork of a quick fix roofer. We repair roofs in such a way that the shingles are guaranteed not to slip down or blow away in the wind for a long, long time.

Roofs require repair for many different reasons. There may be tree damage, humidity damage, shaky shingles loosened by the wind or just general corrosion. Overtime, the flashing that keeps water from walls and chimneys will deteriorate and allow water into your home. This is usually what it means when a roofer talks about corrosion and it is one of the most common causes of roof decline. Built up debris, scraping branches and nesting animals can cause corrosion and deterioration as well. Here in Georgia, we have hot and cold weather to cope with. Freezing temperatures and blistering heat can lead to roofing materials splitting, buckling or blistering. We’re familiar with all of the roof issues our Georgia climate may cause and if we can’t solve your roof problems ourselves, we’re happy to refer you to somebody who can.

roofAt Green Remodeling, we handle a large variety of remodeling projects. Similarly, we handle many different types of roof repairs: debris removal, chimney repair, flashing issues, leaky walls, leaky skylights, missing or curling shingles and more. We utilize materials that match your existing roof and enhance your roof’s durability. Our workers are high-quality, too. Green’s roofers and inspectors are experienced, courteous individuals who will treat your roof right and stand by the repairs they make long after the job is done.

 

Fireplace Remodeling

Any real estate guru will tell you that a fireplace is a fantastic, sellable asset. We agree. The fireplace should be a focal point that you play up with the layout of your furniture and the home accessories you use. In the winter, having a working fireplace is particularly luxurious. A roaring fire can warm the house on cold nights and add a festive mood to most any holiday gatherings. Since having a fireplace at all is already one of the great privileges of homeownership, the fireplace is often the last part of the home to get a facelift.fir

If your fireplace isn’t looking as hot as it once was, contact Green Remodeling! These are some of our fieriest fireplace remodeling plans:

Updating Finishes

Stained brick and gold finishes look straight out of the ‘90s. We can help you bring your fireplace into the 21st century with a tile or stacked stone surround or a fresh coat of stains. Hanging, curtain-style fire screens may look dingy or even potentially hazardous. A new screen can increase safety around the firebox and make a chic statement. Remember that safety is of utmost importance when refinishing a fireplace which is why you should always work with an experienced professional contractor. Certain finishing materials are more flammable than others so you and your contractor should do a bit of research together before committing to a finish.

Modernizing the Mantel

Many stone and tile fireplace faces come with no mantel at all. Other mantels may be just a bit too small or a bit too simple to really draw positive attention toward the fireplace. Enhancing the mantel is one of the easiest fireplace fixes. The mantelpiece is often the part of the fireplace that determines the overall style of the hearth and, consequently, of the room… traditional, casual or contemporary. Find a custom look you love with our home design experts.

Adding Built-ins

Flanking the fireplace with custom bookshelves is a stylish way to add storage and extra space for décor. If your fireplace is in the family room, these shelves can be convenient places to put your TV and media equipment. If you happen to have a fireplace in a bedroom or a formal living room, custom shelving can still be an attractive and functional feature. Whether you’d like simple white shelves or elaborately carved dark wood cabinetry, the skilled contr

Bars, Theaters and More!

Your basement is a blank canvas! A place where you can unleash your creativity and create a room you’ve always dreamed of having but were never sure you had the space for such as a bar or a movie room. At Green Remodeling, we help homeowners build custom basements. We bring the expertise necessary for turning that blank canvas into a fully built masterpiece.

Basement Bars

The basement is the perfect spot to put that home bar you’ve always dreamed of. Basement bars are attractive and convenient. Just imagine not having to migrate to the kitchen whenever you want a drink or a snack during the big game. Having a second sink, refrigerator or wine cooler in your home is possible with a basement bar. This saves you space for groceries in your upstairs fridge and gives you all the extra room (and ice) you need for entertaining.  For wine and liquor collectors, a basement bar is also an ideal organization solution.

Home Theaters

With their naturally dim nature, basements are already well-suited to become home theater rooms. We can help you design any kind of home theater from a casual room with a TV and sofas to an elaborate theater with a big screen and stadium seating. We can fully wire your home theater for surround sound and customize your lighting plan to make your basement look just like a cinema. Now that football season has started, there’s no better way to enjoy college ball or NFL games. Paired with a home bar in a large basement, nothing beats taking in a flick in your own home theater with a fresh bowl of popcorn!

Office Space and More

Not every home comes equipped with a home office but most new construction homes have a basement that we can transform into highly efficient home office space. With shelves and cabinets for printers and paperwork and extra wide desktops, a basement home office is perfect for telecommuters. A soothing office design that minimizes distractions help you stay focused during the workday even if you aren’t in your finest business casual ensemble.

There are so many basement possibilities! Bars, theaters and offices are just some of the most common purposes. Guest bedrooms, in-law suites, craft rooms and game rooms are also quite popular. The basement doesn’t have to be the place you keep your old mattresses and Christmas decorations. It can be a place where you work, a place where you relax or a place where come together with your family and friends.

Preview Your Finished Basement

This year, Green Remodeling introduced a 3D virtual design program. This program allows you to see 2D and 3D visuals of how your redesigned home will look after we’ve put the finishing touches on it – before you’ve actually made any changes to the space. We’re doing away with that dreaded phrase, “it looked better on paper” because we’re getting your ideas off the page and into a design program that lets you see the project before any irreversible changes are made to your home. This program will revolutionize the way you think about finishing your basement!

These days, when somebody decides to finish their basement, there’s usually a lengthy planning period that precedes the fruition of the project. After all, you want to make this extra space in your home beautiful and functional, not just “finished” with carpet and drywall. Trying to picture what your basement could become with blueprints and paint chips alone can be difficult. Where will the plumbing and appliances go? How will you incorporate those support poles?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see our plans in perfect 3D? There’s really no better way of visualizing an amazing basement than seeing it modeled to scale in a three dimensional simulation!  Our program has a large gallery of decor and finishes to choose from to simulate your style and it can clearly lay out multiple rooms and spaces in a single virtual design session. When you think about it, our virtual design previews are like a super affordable way for you to try out different paint color, move walls and add sophisticated details to your home without buying a thing. Whether you want to transform your basement into a guest bedroom or an extra family room, the program’s 3D catalog library, packed with thousands of cabinets, appliances, furnishings and textures, is sure to have what you’re looking for.

Our architectural design software is easy to use and the images it creates are realistic and easy to understand. You won’t be decoding blueprints or working with vague sketches with this design innovation! Your contractor and designer will work with you and quickly show you how your finished basement or remodeled kitchen is going to look in your home. And if there’s anything you don’t like about your home preview, tweaking features here and there is a breeze so costly miscommunications are minimized. You can even move through the virtual models so you’ll know how your home’s new ground floor will look from every angle. A final benefit to previewing your space on software is that it can speed up the building process. The 3D models can be translated into construction documents so the work can start faster!

 

Remodeling with Luxury Vinyl Tile

As manufacturing technology advances and installation gets simpler and simpler, the popularity and versatility of luxury vinyl tile only rises!

Over the years, the quality of vinyl floors has sky-rocketed. Vinyl used to appear in only a few different styles and those styles were really not that appealing. Luxury vinyl now comes in many ceramic, slate and hardwood styles. Improved printing technology has made it so that the vinyl version of a wood or stone floor is often all but indistinguishable from the real thing. They feel nice and cushy underfoot plus they’re affordable and easy to clean. It’s no wonder they’ve grown so popular. The wide variety of vinyl lets builders and remodelers pick whatever stylish design they desire and use it as part of their decor. Best of all, they allow you to get any kind of design at a very affordable price. Vinyl hardwood designs are an especially coveted option.

As you probably already know, real wood floors can be quite expensive and tend to require a lot of maintenance. They scuff, they stain and in time they can even warp and rot. The same goes for real stone tiles which can crack and leaves dirt-collecting grout exposed in your floor. This is why people, especially people with pets and young children, are looking for alternatives that can retain the beauty of wood and tile but are easy to maintain as well. We can expertly install all sorts of LVTs and traditional vinyl flooring. These floors are totally scratch-proof, mostly water-proof and stain-resistant. With vinyl, you can effortlessly still maintain the shine and beauty of your flooring, year after year.

Because genuine hard woods can rot if exposed to moisture, contractors often avoid using them in bathrooms and kitchens. Because moisture does not affect vinyl wood floor tile that way, they can be installed in any part of your home. If you’ve always wanted hardwoods for your kitchen, consider getting them (and keeping them looking great!) by opting for vinyl.

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for people who are worried about high remodeling charges or don’t want to worry about floor maintenance costs. Plus, LVT is quite easy to install – the process only takes a few hours. Therefore, your home is not disrupted. When you opt for vinyl, cleaning the floor is easy and finding exactly the floor you want for a price that you like is easier than you think!

Preview Your Remodel

This year, Green Remodeling is introducing a new 3D virtual design program. This program allows you to see 2D and 3D visuals of how your redesigned home will look after we’ve put the finishing touches on it before you’ve actually made any changes to the space. We’re doing away with that dreaded phrase, “it looked better on paper.” Because we’re getting your ideas off the page and into a clever design program that lets you view the completed project before anyone has started knocking down walls or tearing up carpet.

These days, when somebody decides to start a remodel, there’s usually a lengthy research period that precedes the fruition of the project in the physical world. We read design books, watch home improvements shows, surf architecture and design websites and spend countless hours trying to plan the spaces we live in each day. Shouldn’t we be able to see our plans in perfect 3D? There’s really no better way of visualizing a new room than seeing it modeled to scale in a three dimensional simulation.

One of the best features of the Green Remodeling planning program is its ability to multitask. It has a large gallery of decor and finishes to choose from to simulate your style and it can clearly lay out multiple rooms and spaces in a single virtual design session. When you think about it, our virtual design previews are like a super affordable way for you to try out different paint color, move walls and add sophisticated details to your home without buying a thing. Whether you want to do work on your basement, your bathroom, your kitchen or your family room, the program’s 3D catalog library, packed with thousands of cabinets, appliances, furnishings and textures, is sure to have what you’re looking for.

Our architectural design software is easy to use and the images it creates are realistic and easy to understand. You won’t be decoding blueprints or working with vague sketches with this design innovation! Your contractor and designer will work with you and quickly show you how your finished basement or remodeled kitchen is going to look in your home. And if there’s anything you don’t like about your home preview, tweaking features here and there is a breeze so costly redesign miscommunications are minimized. You can even move through the virtual models so you’ll know how your home’s new architectural features will look from every angle.

A final benefit to previewing your new space on remodeling software is that it can even speed up the building process. The 3D models can be translated into construction documents hastily so the work can start faster and your real home can become like your virtual home sooner!